August 20, 2014

Looking Back – Canada to hold prisoners of war

From the Advocate – 100 years ago (1914)
Canada will be called upon to care for Great Britain’s prisoners of war, with many expected after the war to take up homesteads in the West. It is predicted that airships will decide the outcome of the war, with the major powers having invested $100 million in this military technology over the last three years. In Canada, Bell Telephone says that employees who are sent to the war front will have their positions held for them, and that their dependent families will receive half-pay during their absence.

From the Advocate – 45 years ago (1969)

George McGregor and Bob Davis are planning to open the new Davis & McGregor Store in Erin this week, next to Erin Gift and Variety. They will be selling furniture, Philco Colour TVs, McClary electric appliances and Mr. Slumber Sleep Products (as seen on TV). There will be free roses this weekend for the ladies and candy for children (when accompanied by an adult).

Brian McFarlane of Hockey Night in Canada will be the special guest at the Erin Minor Softball Tournament to be held at the Erin Public School grounds in September.

Village Council has placed a number of new trash containers on Main Street, donated by local garages, in an effort to reduce the mess created by pop bottles and waste paper.

The Christian Women’s Fellowship met at the home of Mrs. Dan Gray, with an opening poem from Mrs. Douglas McKinnon. A parcel of bandages was prepared for Jackman Memorial Hospital in Bilaspur, India, where Alice Porter is located.

From the Advocate – 35 years ago (1979)
Erin businessman Ralph Ciccia has decided to close Stella’s Pizzeria on Main Street after vandals vomited all over the restaurant window and his car, let air out of his tires and urinated around the area. He said OPP officers are at times afraid to confront the groups of kids on Main Street, and that the street turns to mayhem at night, with cars racing up and down. “Anyone wanting to start a business here has to be crazy,” he said. Reeve Larry McKenzie said he would be requesting an increased police presence. In a letter to the editor, David Balmer, whose own store was broken into once and vandalized twice in the past month, said business people need protection from “The Zoo”.

Erin’s baseball team won a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Glen Williams. All 17 innings were pitched by Ken Steen, with key contributions from Kevin Richardson, Mike Weston and Greg Topp.

From the Advocate – 25 years ago (1989)

A Fire Marshall’s inspection has forced the closure of the Erin Agricultural Society’s dance hall on the upper level of their building on Main Street, and the cancellation of the annual Craft Show and Sale. The Children’s Fair and the Fair Queen’s Reception are also in jeopardy, and the Fair Dance has been moved to Hillsburgh. “This has put us in a bit of a bind with the fair just six weeks away,” said President Jim Reid, predicting it will take “a helluva pile of money” to bring the building up to code.

Erin Village is considering the purchase of a personal computer, even though accounting staff say they are not ready to convert. Councillor John Pritoula said it would help the office become more efficient. He said it should have a large enough storage capacity – 60 to 80 megabytes – so that more software packages can be added without modifying the system.

An Erin Advocate editorial says Finance Minister Michael Wilson has gone too far. Editor Scott Kline says the 9% sales tax on almost all goods and services will grab about $24 billion each year from Canadians, “strangling everybody’s pocket book to the point that people can barely afford to live.”